Category Archives: Tech

certified!

It’s official: I’m a Salesforce.com Certified Administrator! The last time I got a certification for a particular technology was way back in 2001, when I went to NYC to learn about DoubleClick’s advertising management system. It was my first-ever business … Continue reading

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Stallman, just stop

Richard Stallman represents everything that’s wrong with IT’s image in the larger business world. The things he says are often insightful and informative, but his legendary lack of anything resembling people skills makes me want to plug my ears and … Continue reading

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certifications open the door, but the rest is up to you

As big a proponent of education as I am, I agree that you’ve got to put classroom lessons to use. But does that mean certifications are utterly worthless? Continue reading

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shiny new OS

I think Google’s timing for Chrome OS (which is pretty much the talk of the Webs this week) is spot-on. Google is promoting the cloud from the early adopter/startup side of operations. In the meantime, folks like Salesforce.com are handling … Continue reading

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mini-cases: controlling the source

When you’re working on something by yourself, life is simple. But add just one person to the mix, and everything gets a lot harder. You want to keep track of what changed, when, and who was responsible, and to do that, you need source control. Continue reading

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mini-cases: things take time

My manager uttered a phrase that, to a software developer, was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying: “It’s time for an upgrade.” I was working for a company in the financial services sector; their core business involved a proprietary system for predicting … Continue reading

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mini-cases: taking stock

It’s not unusual that writers occasionally need to do fact checking on the stories they write, and when your “stories” consist of stock recommendations, it’s even more important to keep your ducks in a row. Such was the situation at … Continue reading

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The Point of the iPad

It’s a common cycle: new application of technology is envisioned, wished for, described in infinite (and contradictory) detail, and, at long last, rumored to be on its way to the marketplace. That’s when the fun really sets in. Hell hath … Continue reading

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